Sep 8, 2021
Joe Clement and Matt Miles are two veteran teachers from the Washington DC area who could no longer stand by and watch the systematic "dumbing down" of the students they were teaching.
As the proliferation of digital devices increased, both at home and in schools, they saw direct correlations to cognitive decline, lack of critical thinking, short attention spans, apathy, addictive behaviour, fragile sense of identity, anxiety and depression explode.
Their book, Screen Schooled, was published as a wake up call to parents and school administrators. According to Matt and Joe, "Rather than becoming better problem solvers, kids look to Google to answer their questions for them. Rather than deepening students’ intellectual curiosity, educational technology is too often cumbersome and distracting, causing needless frustration and greatly extending homework time. Rather than becoming the great equalizer, electronic devices are widening the achievement gap."
Joe and Matt want to empower parents with this "wake-up" call to engage with educators on the proliferation of digital devices and screens in every day education as well as to take a long, hard look at the amount of time your children are spending on devices in a purely "passive, entertainment" mode.
Highlights from Episode 1:
In Part II, we discuss further the mental health impact and some best practices for parents going forward.
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